We Digitize Vinyl LP & 45 RPM Records to CD & MP3
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At TechHelp Ottawa, we do audio archiving the right way! We use only the best equipment available such as direct drive, state-of-the art turntables and legendary Shure V15 Type IV phono cartridges, each with an elliptical diamond stylus and a shock absorber that reduces surface noise and dampens the effects of uneven LP surfaces.
We have also invested heavily in state-of-the-art computer software programs that reduce surface pops, clicks and static while eliminating hum and turntable rumble. Voices are isolated and enhanced where necessary. We also pay close attention to equalization settings to ensure excellent sound quality.
Tracks are separated manually, and high quality WAV files are produced that can be burned to CD. These WAV files can also be converted into compressed MP3 or AAC files that are imbedded with "metadata" including song and album titles, artwork, artist, genre, etc. Your computer or player needs this information to identify content. Inputting this information can be very time consuming when done manually, thus the added cost for producing audio files.
Frequently Asked Questions
"Tagging" is the process whereby each track is imbedded with information about the song and album title, artwork, artist, genre, track number, production year, etc. This information is called "metadata" and is what your computer or player uses to identify each song. This can be very time consuming when done manually.
December, 2012 — Canada's recent Copyright Modernization Act "legitimizes activities that Canadians do every day. For example, it recognizes that Canadians should not be liable for … copying music from CDs to MP3 players, or backing up data if they are doing so for their private use and have not broken a digital lock." Bill C-11 was passed and received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012.
At TechHelp Ottawa, we do audio archiving the right way! We use only the best equipment available such as a professional studio mixing board and direct drive, state-of-the art turntables. For 33⅓ & 45 RPM records we use the legendary Shure V15 Type IV phono cartridge with a stylus shock absorber that reduces surface noise and dampens the effects of uneven LP surfaces. For 78 RPM records we use the highly acclaimed Shure-M97xE cartridge with specialized stylus.
We also pay close attention to equalization settings—especially for 78 RPM records—to ensure excellent sound quality.
By capturing your original media using high sampling rates, we produce large, high quality, uncompressed WAV files (exactly the same file type used on commercial CDs). It is a time consuming process, but the resulting CD has the original tracks in tact and sound quality that is equal to or better than the original.
Tips For Better Service
"It was a nostalgic, if minor, exercise. In what must have been a somewhat fastidious task, Tech Help transferred 62 45 rpm tracks to CD's with excellent results at a very reasonable price. Records dating from the 60's and 70's from Europe, Latin and North America can now be enjoyed without jumping up every 10 minutes to change the record. (I no longer have a stacked spindle for the player.)"
JR Roy—Happy Customer
All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax. Rates may change without notice.